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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Getting an audience isn't easy

When I first started this blog just a few months ago, I figured it would be just a matter of weeks before a few hundred people start visiting. Well, I am learning fast that just isn't going to be the case. This blog has to be top-notch, interesting, provoking and intelligent. You also have to have knowledge--a good deal of it---about the subject you are writing about.

Well, I've had a few hundred people come here....once. And of late, I get four to 10 regular visitors and a few dozen of people passing through.

It makes me think about how I can improve this blog and gain respect. I am always going to rant, express my dislike for the Eagles and Redskins and spout about whatever I want to spout about. And if that means only five people come here a day, fine.

But I'd be lying if I were to say I don't care. I do want to have good debate here. I do want people to stop here to get Dallas Cowboys opinions and comments and insight. When the season starts, I hope to give regular updates on plays, coaching moves, the good and the bad.

I do know football. And I do know my Cowboys.

What you won't find here?
You won't find: historical date past 1985.
You won't find hardcore stat data that really doesn't mean anything. I can take basic data and show you if someone should be performing better or worse than he is.
You won't find anything Pro Eagles or Pro Deadskins, ever.

You will find:
Funny posts. I like to be funny.
Regular updates 90 percent about Dallas.
Analytical posts during games and after.
Critical posts. I will express myself

Maybe my blog formula isn't one for success. Maybe this is just not an interesting place to be for 10 minutes a day. But one thing is for sure: I love the Dallas Cowboys. I always will. I suffered through the worst teams in the history of the franchise.

And that pride alone will keep me blogging here for many years to come. But to those who have visited me regularly, thanks. I hope we all can grow together in the blogosphere.

1 comment:

kickholder said...

Just two cents from a fellow blogger-- I've run my blog for a year now (including a very long off-season), and I often get less than 200 visitors a day. We are competing in a very real sense with some popular blogs (Blogging the Boys, The Boys Blog, official Cowboys site blogs, Dallas Morning News), and fans there are pretty loyal to those sources. We are also competing in many ways with the fan forums, of which there are nearly 20. I've read everything I can about SEO and how to gain traffic and so on, but the bottom line is there are just so many people on the Internet looking for Cowboys information, and it is tough to get many of those people to your site, especially right away.

What I've learned to do is just have fun and write about what interests me (yes, the useless stats and arcane trivia), even if what interests me may not draw 5000 people a day. If you haven't already done so, you might want to consider submitting some of your stories to social networking sites, and also participate in the forums. Most sites will let you put your URL in your signature, but they frown on overt self-promotion.

Anyway, I read your blog pretty regularly and think you do a very good job. I hope you do well.